June 2, 2015: Part II
Despite the just-posted rejection letter bumping my year total to 45 overall, it's been a pretty good poetry month for me (albeit one that's only two days old) - a handful of my l'il critters have either found a home, or due out for publication later this year. I'm very excited to have learned that a couple of my 30/30 poems from this past April will be showing up in issues of Bird's Thumb and Blast Furnace later this year. These are both journals I've submitted to a few times before, and I'll be honest: it feels good to get a yes after so many no's.
Yesterday, my poem "Swallower" was pushed to the front page of SOFTBLOW, another journal I've admired for quite some time. If you haven't read it yet, you can do so here. Of course, I'd encourage you to spend some time with the other poems featured this month as well - they're quite fantastic.
The new issue of Gravel Magazine is out, and with it, my piece "Aubade with Ballast" - it's a love poem, for both my wonderful partner lauren elma frament (whose work you should also be checking out) and also for my all-time favorite mode of travel. Y'all, I do love me some trains. In the preview, the kind folks at Gravel encourage readers to "take the train with William James" - and you can do just that, right here.
Alien Mouth Books just made the PDF version of the minichap they published for my poem "Flammidemia (Harvest of Fire)" available for free download - hand bound copies of the physical version are still available for $3 if you want to buy one, or you can download the digital version completely free. Both are available here.
I don't have any shows lined up this month, until the tail end, when I'll be joining Lauren, Hanif Willis-Abdurraquib, Corey Zeller, Sean Thomas Lemonhead, and many other talented folks at the 2015 Utah Arts Fest in Salt Lake City. I've already started making plans to ride a train.
I've been reading Ai's brutal/haunting double feature "Cruelty/Killing Floor" recently. It's doing some things to me that involve a feeling similar to worms crawling just underneath my skin. A difficult read to be sure, but so worth it. How about y'all, what's been on your plate lately?